employees charged for HIPAA violation

Harris County Hospital District, a Houston area health system, has fired 16 employees for HIPAA violations, according to the Houston Chronicle. The employees reportedly accessed the records of a first-year resident being trained at one of the District’s hospitals, following the resident’s admission for treatment of injuries she suffered in a shooting incdent in a supermarket parking lot.

I have said it before, and I will say it again — employees must come to understand and truly appreciate the huge risks involved and penalties at stake with "taking a peek" at a patient’s medical record for no legitimate purpose.

This past Monday, a physician and two former employees at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center in Little Rock,